Please use these directions for the stadium at Baldwin High School for our contest this weekend. The stadium is not located at Baldwin High School.
Please see the itinerary for this Saturday. Please plan on packing the stands to support these awesome students. Going to be a great day of great bands.
A hard copy of this went home with your student on Monday. You can view a copy at the link below.
Meals for Friday, September 22nd (Lowndes vs. Grayson) and Saturday, September 23rd (Marching Contest)
Please fill out the Google Form below no later than Tuesday, September 19th at Noon (12:00pm) with your meal options/request for the weekend. Please understand that if the form is not filled out, we will order the student a meal and you will be responsible for that meal.
Please fill out the link below if you are going to be absent from a rehearsal/performance. Please do not fill this out any earlier than one day before your absence.
Fall Calendar 2023 (Updated)
A tentative Fall Calendar is now available. While there may be some minor adjustments, I feel like most of the dates are represented on this calendar. Please pay close attention to some of the following dates.
August 4th – Meet the Vikings – The band will play a role in this event.
August 19th – Kickoff Classic – This is our first regular season game but it is on a Saturday
August 26th – Auxiliary Camp
September 15th- Senior Night
September 16th – Super Saturday Rehearsal
September 23rd – Marching Contest
September 30th – Marching Contest
October 21st – Battle on the Border
Please notice all Playoff Games are listed
For parents to volunteer to help with 2023 Band Camp:
The easiest way for you to keep up with news and weather changes throughout band camp and the entire season is to download the “BAND” app on your cell phone and join the group “Lowndes High Georgia Bridgemen”. You will provide your name to join (no partial names or nicknames please).
Once you are in the app, click on the gear in the bottom right corner, then click on “my settings” and choose “receive push notifications”. That action will give you up-to-the-minute information from Mr. Bowman.
During camps and rehearsals, it is very hard for directors to answer emails, as they are busy with the students every single moment. Make it a daily habit to check: the band’s website, Facebook page, or the “BAND” app. The answers to most of your questions will be posted there. If there is a schedule change (due to last minute thunderstorm), it will be posted in the “BAND” app, as soon as the decision is made.
2023 BAND CAMP: July 17-21 and July 24-28
It’s going to be a great marching season!
This year’s HEALTH FORM is now online. This form must be filled out before the first day you arrive for camp. If this form is not on file, you will not be permitted to attend rehearsal. Please make sure you get this taken care of before camp.
Also, here is some important information from the BAND NURSES. Read this now. There are things you need to know a couple of weeks prior to band camp.
The 19th Annual
Battle on the Border
October 21, 2023
Martin Stadium, Valdosta, GA
Gates open at 10:00 AM
Tickets are $10
Online Band Registration for the 2023 Battle on the Border is available at this link
Registration and Entry Fees: Due to the prelims and finals format, only a limited number of performance slots are available. We cannot accept additional applications once these slots are filled. We will determine performance order by the postmark date on the application. The performance order in finals will be determined by a director’s draw at the conclusion of prelims. All applications must be submitted by October 10, 2022. All applications must be signed by the band director and the school principal.
Entry Fees and Performance Bond
The entry fee is $100 per band. All bands are required to submit a $500 Performance Appearance Bond. This will be returned to you upon your band’s arrival and registration at the contest. Please submit separate checks for your entry fee and Performance Appearance Bond.
Based on the total number of wind players in the band.
Bands may enter a higher classification but not a lower one.
Class A = 1-40
Class AA = 41-59
Class AAA = 60-79
Class AAAA = 80-100
Class AAAAA = 101 and Up
The contest will be a preliminary and final format with 8 bands selected for finals. These will be determined by the 8 highest band scores out of the prelims. Only band scores will be used decide the 8 finalists.
Percussion, drum majors, color guard, majorettes and dance line, will be judged separately. Their scores will not be used for band placement in the finals competition.
The show will be judged in Caption style: 2 music performance judges, 1 music effect judge, 2 visual performance judges, 1 visual effect judge, and 1 judge per adjudicated specialty unit. Difficulty and content will be inherent on the music and visual sheets. Judges sheets can be viewed on the GMEA website, www.gmea.org.
Our Judges for this year include:
Preliminary awards will be presented at the conclusion of the prelim competition. Each classification will have awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place bands. We will also have awards for best Drum
Major, Color Guard/Drill Team, Majorettes/Dance Line, and Percussion in each class. Bands achieving Superior or Excellent ratings will also receive awards.
Top 8 Bands (Band Scores Only) will be invited to compete in the Finals portion of the Competition. The top 4 Band Scores from Prelims will be the last four bands to perform in Finals.
The Final Awards Ceremony will only be for those bands making the finals of the competition. Awards for finalist bands for Best Music, Best Marching and Best General Effect, along with finals placement awards (8th through 1st) will be presented at the Final Awards Ceremony.
Performance Requirements and Times
All bands will be scheduled in 20 minute intervals. All bands must enter the stadium, perform, and clear the performance area within their allotted time. Performances must be between 6 and 12 minutes long. Timing begins on the first note of music and ends with the last note. Timing penalties of 1 point per minute, or an equivalent fraction thereof for fractions of a minute overtime will be assessed to those bands that do not adhere to the timing requirements of the contest. Penalty points will be deducted from the band’s overall score.
The contest schedule will be mailed out two weeks in advance of the contest date. We reserve the right to revise the overall schedule up to 5 days before the contest begins. You will be notified of any Changes.
Lowndes High Georgia Bridgemen
For more information please contact: Jon Bowman